A Modest Proposal to End Poverty
When reading the 1729 proposal written by Jonathan Swift a lot of thoughts can arise in a grueling manner. How could anyone conclude that eating and selling adolescents for humans to consume can actually become the elucidation to end such poverty and over-population in Ireland? The conception is iniquitous and brazen at so many levels, especially if it was a concrete idea for the government to execute in an immoral way.
While I construe Swift’s proposal as time went on I began to understand the point of view of why it lead to contemplation of figuring out how to control such devastations. I can say Swift was appalled at the upper class’s treatment of the poor, and is affront by their objections to even having to look at them. This shows me that Swift had a luminous idea of how the ...view middle of the document...
Some examples had me rethink what I might of thought before, the first one is when Swift talks about the landlords (the English people who are extracting ridiculously high rents from their Irish tenants): “I grant this food may be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for landlords, who as they already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title of children.” As many, I saw the little jab he made there with his sardonic reference. The landlords might as well eat the children, since they’re already bleeding the parents to depletion. Also another clue could have been that the fact that eating children was an action that has no rational reasoning makes it easier to really understand that you are dealing with a satire.
Jonathan Swift engaged me into an insidious realm of corruption and led me into shock and disbelief of degrading acts to fix a poverty problem and many other things. In the beginning, reading the proposal, I was outraged and speechless of how anyone in their right mind could think breeding and selling infants is a substantial solution. The surprise ending swallowed me into reality and now see where Swift’s ideas came into play. His whole focus was for the government to change the ways that has exploited the impoverished people and find alternative solutions to help make better accommodations for the people who can’t survive on their own. Swift’s ambition was not only engage the reader with sardonic tones and the harsh reality but to spew motivation to help struggling people who are at the bottom of the system and aid the people with guidance for a better future for all citizens.
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